Looking for a unique gift? Something uber local that can’t be found at the mall? Well craft fair season just kicked off with the big mama, Circle Craft, and keeps on going until the second week of December. Here are 10 super local craft fairs where you can pick up hand-made gifts and consumables. Think East Van jam, local honey, printed bags, jewelry, paintings and so much more. Plus all craft fairs have delicious home-made treats (and now food trucks!) and entertainment to please the littlest shopper.
The 45th annual holiday fair and fundraiser at the beautiful Edwardian mansion features a huge variety of live entertainment, local artisans, unique boutiques, traditional treats and Santa visits too.
November 16 to 19, 2017
Hycroft Mansion, 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
Classic crafts and festive event. All proceeds go to inner-city children’s programs.
November 18 & 19, 2017
Britannia Center, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Portabello West Christmas Market
Final Portabello Market of the year. Find 90 local artisans for fashion, jewelry, art, home accessories, gourmet treats, baby and kids items, and more. Plus live music and food Trucks. Admission is $2 – kids under 12 are free.
November 25 & 26, 2017
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Olympic Village
All the vendors will be selling only handcrafted items. Pick up handcrafted body care, jewelry, baked goods and more. Free admission.
November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 2017
River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Each November and December, Place des Arts’ Artisan Shop expands into a fine craft market: The Christmas Boutique. Offering holiday shoppers a veritable Aladdin’s cave of glittering bobbles and delightful seasonal gifts, the Christmas Boutique is the perfect place to find beautifully handcrafted, locally made artisan wares.
November 17 to December 13, 2017
Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Curated selection of designers and artists. Join them for a unique gift selection, back deck barbecue, and yummy bake sale. Oh and loads of hipsters!
December 1-3 2017
Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Up to 170 vendors all with home-made crafts, baking, jewellery, “foodie” items and more! Admission by donation in support of Steveston’s Playground Project or a non-perishable food item in support of the Richmond Food Bank.
November 25, 2017
Steveston Community Centre’s Net Shed
Local artist and artisan from around BC selling handmade items in knitting, soap, leather, jewelry, crochet, baked goods and more. Part of the larger Wesbrook Village Holiday Family Fun Festival, a big celebration attracting thousands of visitors.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Wesbrook Community Centre
Join the homemade revolution! The Make it! market at the PNE with clothing, accessories, art, home decor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items and other unique treasures. Plus, food trucks and a beer garden to get you in the festive spirit. Sold!
December 7-10, 2017
$8 at the door, kids 12 and under are free
A lovely collection of curated fine craft, art + design presented annually in Vancouver.
Dec 9 & 10, 2017
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Handmade marketplace that takes place twice a year in May and December and features 80+ makers, do-it-yourself workshops, food carts, and one of the most coveted swag bags in town!
Dec 9 & 10, 2017
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver